Sana’a, September 8: At least 5,144 innocent civilians were killed including 1,100 children while 8,749 others were injured within the time period of three years due to civil war in Yemen. Also, 10 young boys have been recruited to fight. Although the numbers are likely is to be higher.
Notably, the Yemeni Civil War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2015 between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies. Due to the civil war, as many as 5,144 innocent civilians were killed including 1,100 children, 8,749 others were injured in three years while some as young as 10 have been recruited to fight.
According to the United Nations, most of them were killed due to the airstrikes led by the Saudi military coalition. At least 3,200 civilians were reportedly killed by coalition forces which receive backing and weapons from the UK and the US. United Nations have described it as an “entirely man-made catastrophe”.
According to the United Nations report, children account for 1,184 of those killed and 1,592 injured, mostly from coalition airstrikes. More than 1,700 children, some as young as 10, have been recruited for use in hostilities, 67% of them by the popular committee forces affiliated with the Houthis and their allies, army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The UN said its observers have “frequently” seen children who were armed and uniformed manning checkpoints.
United Nations also said that the data which is collected from the locals of the affected country indicates apparent indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations by both sides to the conflict, with civilians directly targeted by airstrikes and shelling.
Interestingly, the war began when the Saudi-led coalition launched a campaign in support of the president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized parts of the country including the capital, Sana’a.
On the other side, the civil war led situation deteriorating in Yemen which is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with close to 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid; 7 million on the brink of famine; and an estimated 540,000 suffering from cholera.